Sudan’s new 21-member Cabinet was sworn in on Saturday, with Prime Minister Moutaz Mousa Abdallah also assuming the finance portfolio in a bid to revive the country’s ailing economy. Sudan has been grappling with an acute foreign exchange shortage and inflation above 65 percent for several months, prompting President Omar Bashir on Sunday to sack the previous 31-member Cabinet to “fix the situation.Food prices have more than doubled, fuel shortages have become frequent and the Sudanese pound has plunged against the US dollar amid shortage of foreign currency.Sudan’s economy was dealt a severe blow initially from the loss of three-quarters of its oil resources when South Sudan gained independence in 2011.An attempt in September 2013 to cut fuel subsidies led to bloody confrontations between anti-austerity protesters and security forces that left dozens dead in Khartoum.